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Taking Chance

7.51 h 17 min2009X-Ray18+
[HBO] HD. A military officer's life is changed after taking an assignment to escort home the body of a 19-year-old Marine killed in Iraq.
Ross Katz
Kevin BaconTom AldredgeBlanche Baker
English [CC]
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Guy BoydGordon ClappNoah FleissBrendan GriffinSarah ThompsonJulie WhiteTom Wopat
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4.8 out of 5 stars

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jotoseReviewed in the United States on October 15, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Bringing closure...
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I am 75 years old and did not see my dad come home alive or in a coffin. He died in a submarine (USS Golet) at the bottom of the Pacific near the shore of Japan... there has been no closure.

This movie gave me that closure.
258 people found this helpful
dreamcatcher710Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Perfection . . .
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This movie should be shown in every high school from sea to shining sea. I am proud of the care, pride, and tender feeling shown to the men and women who lost their lives for our country. I never really thought about what the arrangements entailed. It is something every American should know, and this movie is not a story, but an experience. Thank you to everyone who labors in the chain of custody for our fallen soldiers. I am proud like never before to be American.

Kevin Bacon hit the tuning fork with his performance - that exact point of masculine emotion, reserve, courage, and gut-wrenching sadness. As a lifelong fan, I now have true respect for this actor, as his every breath opened the journey to us.

The director and cast carried a perfect tone, deeply affecting, unforgettable, never smarmy. All who watch this movie will be changed.
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Dixie P.Reviewed in the United States on October 14, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful, reverent, touching, respectful . . .
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Beautiful, reverent, touching, respectful, heart wrenching, educational and extremely well done. I am grateful I have not personally lost someone I love in battle and I had no idea the way these brave soldiers who die on the battlefields are brought home, other than under the flag of the United States of America and that they were escorted. I didn't know how many steps are taken in preparation to bring them home to their loved ones. I didn't know they were placed in the beautiful dress uniforms for the service they represented. This film touched me deeply every step of the way. I had tears at so many places in this story of great respect, great love, and great loss, I am very grateful I had the opportunity to view this HBO film and I believe every single person should see this movie.
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MamaSylviaReviewed in the United States on December 13, 2016
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I don't give 5-star reviews often. To earn one, a film must not only be good technically and have an interesting storyline; it must also have a quality that haunts me afterward. Taking Chance is such an unforgettable film. The lives touched by this fallen Marine as he took his final trip home, and the impact these grateful people had on his escort, were profoundly affecting. I thank God that my son came home from his Middle East tour unharmed, but I've always been very aware that many mothers were not so blessed. It should also be a tremendous comfort to those who have lost loved ones to see the respect and honor with which the KIAs were treated. Kudos to everyone involved, especially HBO Films for funding such an unusual and well-made effort. I purchased it after seeing it once; this is a movie I want to have available to re-watch as well as to show friends. One caution: have a box of tissues handy.
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westpointbobReviewed in the United States on June 1, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Taking a Hero Back Home
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A well-acted, honest, and realistic story about the difficult but necessary task of accompanying a fallen warrior from the moment he/she arrives stateside until arrival home and through burial and all family support required to show proper dignity and respect for the serviceman regardless of age or rank. The two man escort team (one officer and one NCO) from the deceased member's branch of service is properly trained to carry out this assigned mission. I was impressed by the respect shown by all, military and civilian, with whom the deceased and escort team came in contact. The deceased is never left alone from the time of death and turnover to the mortuary personnel, throughout evacuation and transport back to the USA, transfer from military to civilian transportation, preparation of remains in accordance with family desires and advice from the escort team and funeral director, funeral or memorial service, to burial with a military honor guard to fire a final rifle salute and the paying of Taps with the flag-draped coffin's flag ceremonially folded and presented to the next of kin. A beautiful and heart-warming movie which all would learn and profit from seeing.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 20, 2017
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I had not heard of this movie before last evening, when I listened to General Kelly's moving and powerful speech. He recommended it very highly and now I can understand why, I cannot remember a movie as sad and touching as this.. A must see for every true American to witness.
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danielReviewed in the United States on November 2, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best movies I’ve watched
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So I hesitated to watch this movie because my brother was KIA in Iraq and I knew it would be like reliving that moment again. But I’m happy I did cause it is a reminder of the great people in this world that put others before themselves. I read some of the reviews and can’t believe the 1 stars people leave. Don’t believe what they say about this movie and propaganda. That is looking at this movie in the wrong way. Coming from someone that has lived this moment it is a great reminder of the sacrifice men and women make for their country. No matter the cause of war they are a family of service members standing side by side and fighting for the people next to them to try and come back home safely. This should be a much watched movie especially now where we have people in this country disrespecting the nation anthem. Things are not perfect in this world but there are people that have given everything to give everyone in this country the opportunity to be heard. Please watch this it really gives you an understanding of what so many families have gone through over many years. Thank you to everyone that has served this country!
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Customer Mom and GrandmaReviewed in the United States on July 4, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Heroes honoring Hero
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This movie is rated by me with five stars, the first movie I have rated as perfect. Perfect in script, cinematography, acting, directing and audience appreciation. Most people know, or knew, someone who fought, perhaps are still fighting, for freedom representing the United States of America. I am not a veteran. I am the proud daughter of my father who fought in two wars, WWII and Korea. He was awarded a Purple Heart. After the first wounding in action, subsequent wounds are recognized with oak leaf clusters. My dad received many honors from the Army. Most importantly, my Dad received the Distinguished Medal of Honor for "extraordinary heroism." I thank God that he returned home to a loving wife and built a family. He is still thriving at 95-years=old. Because he is a living hero, I believe all who serve in the Armed Forces are heroes. This movie strives and succeeds to honor the soldiers and Marines who gave their lives for our country. Also, this movie honors the service people who serve our country with dedications and personal sacrifice everyday. I watched this movie on the 4th of July which made this holiday a time for reflection on the meaning of Freedom and a time of prayer for our Armed Forces and their families. Outstanding movie!!!
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